A new survey has found that 22% of
Brits have checked their partner’s phone without their knowledge, with a
tenth doing it at least once a week.
The statistics show that the biggest
spies are women, with a quarter regularly checking texts, emails,
calls, social media and internet history to see what their partners
have been up to.
However, while fewer men search phones,
those who do tend to rifle more frequently with one in ten snooping
weekly, compared to only 8% of women doing the same.
When questioned on why they felt the
need to sneak around, respondents said they felt like their partner
was acting suspiciously (28%), potentially playing away (15%) or that
they simply checked out of boredom (27%).
The survey of 2,000 respondents,
commissioned by Row.co.uk,
found that over half of snoopers (53%) said they have found something
incriminating when they searched their partners phone.
Following this discovery, almost a
third said they confronted their partner admitting they had seen
something on their phone. A further fifth of UK respondents said that
they would confront their partner, but cite a different reason for
how they stumbled upon the information.
One in twenty snoopers ended up
breaking up with their partner following their discoveries.
The shocking stats also revealed that
Londoners are most likely to spy on their other halves, with a fifth
prying at least once a week. This was followed by those living in
East Anglia (10%) and those in East Midlands, North West, Scotland
and South West all at 9% weekly.
When asked about their own phones, 13%
of the snoopers said they don’t let their partner view their
devices, while almost a third of people admitted they had something
on their phone that they would rather their partner didn’t discover.
Secret snooping is to blame for five
per cent of break-ups of relationships, according to the data.
Richard Waters from Row.co.uk
commented, “It seems as though Brits have trouble trusting their
partner, especially when it comes to technology. Our data shows that
advances in technology are putting a strain on our relationships, as
although they give us another way to communicate with our partners,
they’re also providing ways to communicate with others in a way
that can be kept secret.
It’s shocking to see just how many UK
people are regularly checking up on our other halves, especially when
you consider that the very act of snooping accounts for five per cent
of break ups!”